Dear friends-When in school, I learned about Maslow's hierachy of needs. This hierarchy discusses the needs of humans and places them in levels. Safety and Security needs (the 2nd level) include: Personal security, Financial security, Health and well-being, Safety net against accidents/illness and their adverse impacts. Although Maslow's theory has been widely discussed and criticized, it offers a lesson related to this project. As we together focus on contributing to alleviating the situation in Africa, unless the fundamental needs are addressed, African will not be able to focus on the higher issues such as problem-solving, creativity and nation-building. Studies have confirmed that malaria drains resources and destabilizes families. It directly affects the well-being of families because the illness of one person can result in finances spent on recovery, care, lost time and productivity etc.It's great to know that we are together addressing this need - by helping to provide stability in health. Given that malaria is a common sickness in Sierra Leone, this is much bigger that we would realize. We are literally providing a "Safety net" and helping to secure health and well-being. We are laying a foundation and putting in place protection that is enabling families to focus on other areas. We are covering their back and their lives with these nets. This is simple - but priceless.Thanks again from all the recipients for providing this "Safety net"Want to help be a part of making more change happen? A great opportunity is just a couple days away. Starting at 12:00 am EDT on Wednesday March 14th, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations made through www.globalgiving.org (including this project) up to $1,000 per donor at 30%. This means that your donation of $100 will be supersized and become $130! $1000 will become $1300. This is an amazing opportunity to make your donations go even further and help us do even more. We would so very much appreciate your support - that will provide many more nets to beneficiaries like thse pictured in this report. Thanks for your support. Want an email reminder: simply send us an email at info - at - developafrica.org and we will send you a reminder on March 14th. Thank you change maker!
Meet a life you've helped preserve - Princess. Take a 2nd look at her photo...Princess lives at Upper Beccle Street in the Wellington community. She is almost four years old. At this early age, she is very talkative and talks of becoming a lawyer when she grows upPrincess' father has abandoned the home for two years now. The mother is a seamstress / tailor and uses the money derived from her skill to help in providing for the home. Her grandfather is a bike rider (motorcycles are used as a form of public transportation – providing fast access independent of traffic). He is the main provider of the home with monthly income of $70 – which is not enough to cover the basic family needs. They live in a three bed room apartment with running water and electricity. Princess has heard of the horrors of Malaria from the members of her family – who have each earlier contracted the sickness through mosquito bites. She and her family were delighted to receive this simple but effective protection against the killer disease of malaria. Thanks to your generosity, Princess and many, more children, (who are particularly prone of this illness due to lower resistance) will be able to sleep safe and protected from the pesky mosquito bites and the risk of sickness from malaria. By your donation, you have helped to preserve her life from sickness and even death and this is tremendous! You have saved her from becoming one of the unfortunate millions who die every year - lives lost to malaria. Thank you so much for helping to preserve Princess’ life. Now she will grow up to be a true Princess and fulfill her destiny. Tremendous and Effective Way to Save Lives: Giving towards the provision of mosquito nets is an effective way to help combat the spread of malaria and save lives. Study after study confirms this and we have together been able to furnish many families with these nets. Your donation is making a definite difference and positive impact to the lives of families. As you go about your day / week, remember her face and the fact that you have made an indelible difference. By donating to this project - you are doing the greatest good – saving lives from malaria and death! It’s heart-warming to have this opportunity to help preserve a life and destiny. Join us in extending and doing tremendous good. Thanks for your on-going support.
Can I ask you a question? When was the last time you were bitten by a mosquito? Was it painful? Did the bite area sting or itch? Hopefully you did not get sick as a result? And you did not end up spending money to regain your health or lose time because of your illness... During my recent trip to Sierra Leone, I made adequate "anti-malaria plans" and requested a mosquito net even before my arrival. Nevertheless, inevitably, as with almost everybody else, I got bitten a few times while outside in the evening. Fortunately, the exposure was minimal and I did not get sick. While in Freetown, I had the opportunity to chat with a former classmate, who is now a General Practitioner, MD, practicing in Freetown. Out of curiosity, I asked him the following question? What is the number one sickness that you treat - that patients come in with? Without thinking or blinking, he immediately responded: "Malaria". He went on to say that this affects a huge percentage of the population and almost by default, when someone falls ill, he starts by diagnosing for and then treating for malaria. This was sobering to me as I came afresh to understand the widespread nature of this issue - touching millions of lives each year. While there are dismal records on the number of deaths each year, what is undocumented is the finance expenditure for recovery and time lost by the sick person and family members. If researched this would surely value into billions of dollars each year. The last thing that the economies in Africa need is the wasting of resources in this manner. Fortunately, together we are part of the solution - by helping to provide mosquito nets. It’s good to know that we are additionally saving families from unnecessary expenditure and lost time. Today - time is of so much value and our gift of nets - keeps on giving and saving so much time and money. The nets that we provide are consequently very valuable – acting like insurance - providing protection and insulation from waste of resources and time. Thanks for your donations that keep on giving... giving life, protection and time.
Warm greetingsI just returned from a field trip to Sierra Leone where I had the opportunity to visit with a number of families in the Wellington suburb of Freetown. The community came out in full force to greet Phillip (my fellow traveler) and I. A number of the children were holding up hand-written signs. The words on one of the signs - "Free from Malaria" - grabbed my attention (see included photo). This visual testimony was powerful. Her simply testimony struck a deep chord within me. It reminded me afresh that we making a life-preserving impact in many lives. Being free from malaria is significant. Saving someone's life from a killer disease is phenomenal and you are a part of making this happen.Thanks to you and the nets you help provide, one more precious life was safe from the clutches of the killer disease, malaria. The community also had a big sign saying "Thank You Develop Africa Donors". We left with a sense of fulfillment... and a renewed desire to do much more.Could you join us in doing more - saving more lives - by supporting this project on a monthly basis? When you sign up for recurring donations, we can together make many more lives "free from malaria. By signing up for recurring donations you would help us do so much more. Thanks for your on-going support!
The statistics are depressing! According to the Word Heatlh Organization (see link below) "In 2008, malaria caused nearly one million deaths, mostly among African children". Think of all the lost lives and potential...Fortunately, we are together doing our part to ensure that more lives are saved and protected by providing insecticide-treated nets. We are slowly but surely helping to protect lives from this avoidable disease. The article clearly recommends the use of nets as an effective prevention measure: "insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs): Long lasting insecticide impregnated nets (LLINs) are the preferred form of insecticide treated nets for public health distribution programmes. WHO recommends universal vector control coverage, and in most places, the most cost effective way to achieve this is through provision of LLINs, so that everyone in high transmission areas sleeps under a LLIN every night;"
In 2010, together with other donors, we were to distribute over 500 nets. Considering that some of these nets, when in use provide protection for at least 2 people, over 750 lives are being protected. This is uplifting and encouraging as we are making a real difference! Thank you for helping make this happen! Onikeh, one of the beneficiaries that has received an insecticide-treated net net, extends her gratitude to you and all donors for helping to provide her with this net. Onikeh's dream is to become a medical doctor. When she becomes a medical doctor, she will be able help others affected by malaria!This year, we plan to provide at least double this number - over 1000 nets. Please join us in helping to protect and save many more lives. We welcome your support as we undertake this venture. A great time to make your next donation will be March 16th, Globalgiving Bonus Day. On this day, GlobalGiving matches a percentage (30-50%) of each donation up until a certain donation amount. This is a great way to maximize and make your donation go oven further. Thanks for your support!
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